Traveling Without Cloth Diapers

Last weekend I packed up my prettiest dresses, my sparkliest heels, and a package of disposable diapers.  The family and I drove 10 hours from our new home in Florida back up to North Carolina for a wedding.  This time I didn’t bring my cloth diapers.  For once, I’m not feeling guilty.  I’ve always said that there is a place for disposables in life.  In the past I have gone out of my way to bring along my cloth diapers including sneaking them into my car seat travel bag to save baggage fees.  I’ve even arranged to use a diaper service twice, once in Las Vegas and once in Louisville.

This time things aren’t so much about me.  We have traveled for a wedding and are staying with my In-Laws.  My husband, my two boys, and I are in one room.  Then there are two family members from Germany, my husband’s brother and his girlfriend, and of course- my In Laws.  To say the house is packed is an understatement.  When deciding to bring my diapers or not I decided the washing machine would be running fairly non-stop with so many long-term guests in attendance.  We’ll be here for a full 7 days so the trip was not short term enough to bring all of the dirty diapers home with us.

It might sound like I’m making excuses and maybe I am.  It was a little nice not having to plan out packing my cloth diapers.  I am missing them a little already and Everett’s bottom just doesn’t look the same without his adorable cloth diapers.  He doesn’t even look like the same baby from behind!

I’m happy to be here spending quality time with family and friends.  Unfortunately, our entire family has come down with a cold, but we are still making the most of our trip here.  In related news: the cold weather snuck up on everyone here in North Carolina and I’m ready to enjoy a hot cider while I nurse myself back to health.  While we are in town we are having a small birthday party for Everett to celebrate him turning two next week.  I’m in denial that he is already hitting such a big milestone.

Once we get back home I will be ready to go back to the cloth side.  I have a few new diapers waiting for me to begin reviewing that are calling Everett’s name.


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  • Melissa Vargas

    No guilt from me momma! You definitely have to weigh your options and decide what will work best! We’re going to Cabo in May and I haven’t even thought about what we’ll do for diapers yet. I have a feeling we’ll be going disposables though.

  • MaeganB

    I totally get this. I wouldn’t sweat it. One of the things a lot of people consider when deciding on cloth (at all) is washing! If you don’t have a washer at home, it can be harder to do all that. If you have a washer that a dozen family members are going to be using over a week…You risk taking up a lot of other people’s time. Good luck!

  • You’re not making excuses and there’s no reason to feel guilty. Enjoy your vacation. If you really do miss your cloth, maybe the next time you could use disposables for the first half of your trip and cloth for the second.

  • Nicole Peerson

    I went to Florida last January for vacation. There was a washing machine in the condo. But I decided I didn’t want to wash diapers or worry about space in our luggage for the fluff. It is hard seeing paper peaking through their pants instead of a cute diaper! Enjoy the mini vacation!

  • Liz

    Drop the mommy guilt – we all do it & it’s so unnecessary. Last week, I shopped at Aldi’s and the only broccoli they had was frozen in a steamer bag. I felt SOO guilty when I actually steamed it in the microwave. How ridiculous! The things we feel bad about as moms are laughable in the long term. Have fun & enjoy every poopy diaper you throw in the trash!!!

  • Don’t feel guilty!! You did what you thought was necessary. You don’t need to justify yourself to others. As you wrote, there are places for disposable diapers.

  • you should try the ones from honest company sometime. we keep them around for travel and stuff since i am only a PT cloth diaperer.